RehabMove 2018: MOVING TOWARDS AN EXERCISE & MOVEMENT-FRIENDLY ACADEMIC HOSPITAL: THE UMCG LIFESTYLE NAVIGATOR

Rianne de Roos, Rienk Dekker, Martin Stevens, Ron L. Diercks, Gerjan Navis, Helco van Keeken, Antje Boer, Johanna van 't Klooster, L. H. V. van der Woude, K.L. Sandys, Nick Tuintjer

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PURPOSE: A substantial part of the UMCG hospital patients have unhealthy lifestyles. These lifestyles negatively affect treatment and health outcomes. In exploiting the relation between hospital and patient, the UMCG Lifestyle Navigator, a questionnaire-based intervention on four topics (physical activity & exercise, nutrition, smoking and stress) was developed and tested. This intervention is aimed at making participants aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle to prevent lifestyle-related diseases. Ultimate goal is to integrate lifestyle counseling into the daily routine of health care professionals.METHODS: During the first phase of the intervention, a pilot with the UMCG Lifestyle Navigator was executed at the outpatient clinics of Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Traumatology, Diabetes and Sports Medicine. A mobile desk was manned in the waiting room at which participants could go through the UMCG Lifestyle Navigator, helped by a lifestyle consultant. Currently, in the second phase, this lifestyle check is positioned in a central location in UMCG, open for all patients, visitors and staff. The answers to the questionnaire lead to a printed algorithm based tailor-made and personalized lifestyle advice. In addition, printed information (brochures) and digital information (instructional films) are offered.RESULTS: 300 participants visited the Mobile Lifestyle Navigator during the pilot phase. Evaluation showed an increase in awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle by 74%. The results of the UMCG Lifestyle Navigator at the central location will be available by the end of this year.CONCLUSIONS:The UMCG Lifestyle Navigator can play an important role in increasing awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. With UMCG’s main focus on complex care, attention for lifestyle is of great importance. The spreading numbers of lifestyle-related diseases will be positively influenced by the UMCG’s approach of ‘Lifestyle as a medicine’.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
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Publication statusPublished - 12-Nov-2018
Event6Th State-of-the-art Congress ‘Rehabilitation: mobility, exercise & sports: RehabMove 2018 - Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 12-Dec-201814-Dec-2018
http://www.rehabmove2018.com

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Conference6Th State-of-the-art Congress ‘Rehabilitation: mobility, exercise & sports
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityGroningen
Period12/12/201814/12/2018
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